Understanding Wisconsin Cyclocross

Cyclocross is an incredibly accessible form of bike racing. It's slower, softer, and safer than road racing or mountain biking while still offering a competitive challenge and a welcoming atmosphere. We're here to help you prepare for your first race so you can enjoy the experience to its utmost.

Register for the race

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There are many different races throughout the day based on your level of racing, your age and your gender. Open or Mixed categories are open to all genders and ages.

Cat 5 races are the entry level. If this is your first race, there are a few to choose from, so pick the one that's right for you.

If you pre-register you can save up to $10! We have a registration walk-through if you need some help.

Pre-reg closes Wednesday at midnight before each race. If you decide to register day of, BRING CASH.

The 1-day license

For insurance purposes, you’ll need to get a 1‑day USA Cycling license ($10). It also helps USA Cycling supports competitive racing in general. You will purchase this as you register for the race.


Cat 5 races are 30 minutes long. Singlespeed races are 45 minutes. You'll likely get in between 3 and 5 laps around the park. A bell will sound when you're starting your last lap.

30 minutes may not seem like a long time, but trust us, you'll be happy when you cross the finish line for the last time.

Show up a little early

Show up at least an hour before you race. If you show up between 8am-9am you can pre-ride the course to get a feel for it. Otherwise you MAY be able to pre-ride as each race finishes, but this is dependant on a number of factors and not guaranteed.

Get your race numbers from registration

Check in with registration to pick up your race numbers. Ask the registrar whether to pin your number on the right or left side. This matters!

Find the starting gate

Show up to the starting gate 10 minutes before your race starts.

What bike do I need?

Don't worry about it for now. Run what you brung and have some fun!

I have more questions!

While you're at the race you can ask questions of literally anyone in race gear. It's a very welcoming atmosphere, and if they can't answer your question, they'll be happy to point you in the right direction.

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